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Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest

by Nancy Springer

Published by Philomel, 2001
170 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23368-7

Ages 8 - 12

Rosemary's mother, Celandine, had told her about her father, the outlaw who robbed the wealthy and was generous to the poor, who lived in an outlaw camp, surrounded by his band of fugitives. These are only tales until the day when Rosemary's mother is brutally murdered by the lord's henchmen, who misunderstand the power of Celandine's woods magic. Deserted and desperate, Rosemary decides to search for her father, but fearing his possible rejection of a girl, she poses as a boy named Rowan. Rowan/Rosemary soon attracts her own small group of misfits. Together, they rise unexpectedly to Robin Hood's aid, proving Rowan's ability to live up to her father's legend. Adventure combines with unanticipated plot twists in this new take on the Robin Hood tale, providing a welcome young female protagonist to join the traditional cast of characters. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children; Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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